Iran treats the US as a 'toothless tiger'

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US-Iran nuclear tensions: Why is Donald Trump engaged in a war of words with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani?
Firebrand president issues strongly-worded tweet warning Tehran 'never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences'
Joe Sommerlad
Monday 23 July 2018 13:40
Twitter once again
US-Iran nuclear tensions: Why is Donald Trump engaged in a war of words with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani?
Donald Trump has again taken to Twitter to enter a war of wordswith a rival world leader.
Having previously traded insults with North Korean president Kim Jong-un, including a row over who has the biggest red nuclear button, the US president has turned his attention to his Iraniancounterpart, Hassan Rouhani.
The feud relates to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the deal struck in 2015 with the Barack Obamaadministration, which saw international sanctions against the Middle Eastern power eased in exchange for its agreeing to greatly reduce its nuclear programme, the subject of Western suspicions since 2003 … for more, go to 

Iran treats the US as a 'toothless tiger' (Iran dumps the Greenback as a trading currency) (Omarosa Manigault: This Is The Beginning Of The End For President Donald Trump | Hardball | MSNBC) (CNN Inside Politics 8\21\18 - CNN Breaking News President Trump Today Aug 21, 2018)

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 2018): The US should, by now, realise that its outdated strategic policies aimed at retaining its archaic global influence and agenda are no more tenable to the rest of the world.

The rest of the world now do not fear the US’ bullying ways of slapping sanctions and tariffs, like it did and dominated in the 20th Century.

This is the 21st Century digital era and the world economy and military defence is no more the “monopoly” of the Americans.

The advancement of the global economy, science and technology, especially those made by China and Russia, has given the rest of the world alternatives.

The sooner the arrogant war-waging US regime realises this and accept reality, the better for the Americans and their economy.

The current spat between the US and Iran is a typical example how the Americans are actually alienating themselves to the rest of the world.

Iran, after removing the Greenback from its monetary system, has now also signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defence ministers of the two countries in Damascus on Monday (Aug 27).

As the World Court hears Iran’s lawsuit to have US sanctions lifted, the Iranians also showed they had no fear of the Donald Trump-led US.

Iran says it had full control of the Gulf and that US navy did not belong there - short of telling the US navy to get out!

These three news reports by Reuters posted on Monday (Aug 27) sum up the US’ possible boo-boo in its row with Iran:

"Iran says it has full control of Gulf and U.S. navy does not belong there

Monday, 27 Aug 2018
6:25 PM MYT

(Reuters) - Iran has full control of the Gulf, and the U.S. Navy does not belong there, the head of the navy of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, General Alireza Tangsiri, said on Monday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

The remarks come at a time when Tehran has suggested that it could take military action in the Gulf to block oil exports of other regional countries in retaliation for U.S. sanctions intended to halt its oil sales. Washington maintains a fleet in the Gulf which protects oil shipping routes.

Tangsiri said Iran had full control of both the Gulf itself and the Strait of Hormuz that leads into it. Closing off the strait would be the most direct way of blocking shipping.

"We can ensure the security of the Persian Gulf and there is no need for the presence of aliens like the U.S. and the countries whose home is not in here," he said in the quote, which appeared in English translation on Tasnim.

Senior U.S. officials have said they aim to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the most senior authority in the Islamic Republic, said last month that he supports the idea that if Iran is not allowed to export oil then no country should export oil from the Gulf.

(Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; editing by John Stonestreet, Louise Heavens and Peter Graff) - Reuters/The Star Online

World Court hears Iran lawsuit to have U.S. sanctions lifted

Monday, 27 Aug 2018
5:53 PM MYT
by stephanie van den berg and toby sterling

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Iranian lawyers asked the International Court of Justice on Monday to order the United States to lift sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against Tehran.

The presiding judge of the U.N. body informally known as the World Court began the hearing by calling on Washington to respect its outcome. During their decades of animosity, both the United States and Iran have ignored some rulings at the court.

The lawsuit filed with the ICJ says the U.S. sanctions, which are damaging the already weak Iranian economy, violate terms of a little-known friendship treaty between the two countries.

"The U.S. is publicly propagating a policy intended to damage as severely as possible Iran's economy and Iranian national companies, and therefore inevitably Iranian nationals," said Mohsen Mohebi, representing Iran, at the start of four days of oral hearings. "This policy is plainly in violation of the 1955 Treaty of Amity."

The United States said in an initial written reaction displayed in court that it believes the ICJ has no jurisdiction in the case, and that Iran's assertions fall outside the bounds of the treaty.

U.S. lawyers led by State Department adviser Jennifer Newstead, appointed by Trump in 2017, are due to respond on Tuesday. A ruling is expected within a month, though no date has been set.

The ICJ is the United Nations tribunal for resolving international disputes. Its rulings are binding, but it has no power to enforce them.

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 pact between Iran and major world powers under which sanctions were lifted in return for Tehran accepting curbs on its nuclear programme. The Trump administration then announced unilateral plans to restore sanctions against Tehran.

Although Washington's European allies protested against Trump's move, most Western companies intend to adhere to the sanctions, preferring to lose business in Iran than be punished by the United States or barred from doing business there.

The United States and Iran have clashed at the court in the past since they became enemies after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iran ignored a 1980 U.S. suit at the ICJ over the seizure of American diplomats in Tehran, which the court found to be illegal.

In another suit and countersuit, the ICJ found that the 1955 treaty was still valid even though it was signed before the revolution. However, the court found in 2003 that neither actions by the United States against Iranian oil platforms nor Iranian attacks on American shipping violated the treaty.

At the start of Monday's hearing, the court's president, Abdulqawi Yusuf, leading a 15-judge panel, urged the United States to adhere to any provisional decision the court may make.

(Writing by Toby Sterling; Editing by David Goodman and Peter Graff) - Reuters/The Star Online

Iran and Syria sign deal for military cooperation

Monday, 27 Aug 2018
2:36 PM MYT

(Reuters) - Iran and Syria signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defence ministers of the two countries in Damascus, the Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.

Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami travelled to Damascus on Sunday for a two-day visit, meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and senior military officials, Tasnim reported.

Iranian forces have backed Assad in the country’s civil war.

Tasnim did not provide any details about the military cooperation deal.

Senior Iranian officials have said their military presence in Syria is at the invitation of the Assad government and they have no immediate plans to withdraw.

(Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Alison Williams) - Reuters/The Star Online

President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, arrived aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on Sunday.CreditCreditAl Drago for The New York Times
By Rick Gladstone
July 23, 2018
Should We Be Anticipating War With Iran? No, but It Could Get Nasty
The escalating invective between President Trump and Iran’s leaders, reminiscent of the president’s bombastic exchanges with North Korea, have raised fears of a military confrontation in the Persian Gulf — a vital conduit for global oil supplies — or perhaps even something bigger. In a late-night Twitter message, Mr. Trump warned President Hassan Rouhani of Iran in all-capital letters of apocalyptic consequences if his country threatened the United States, increasing tensions to a new level. “BE CAUTIOUS!,” Mr. Trump wrote. Oil prices surged briefly on worries about potential supply disruptions … for more, go to